Kincora Boys Home – scene of homosexual prostitution scandal and never the subject of an inquiry. Photograph: Pacemaker

The former British intelligence officer Colin Wallace told Radio Ulster last weekend that any inquiry into Kincora Boys’ Home will not be able to get (...)

British Open winner Rory McIlroy is greeted by Northern Ireland’s First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness at Stormont Castle. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

British Open champion Rory McIlroy turned up to Stormont yesterday and stood between the North’s two leaders like a prize student between favourite u(...)

Rory McIlroy (centre) meets Northern Ireland’s First Minister Peter Robinson (left) and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness  at Stormont Castle after winning the British Open Golf Championship. Photograph: PA

Rory McIlroy’s British Open success has brought much “joy and happiness” at a time when so many people are mourning, Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness has(...)

First Minister Peter Robinson speaks to the media outside the Stormont Hotel, Belfast, following the publishing of the Hallet review into controversial amnesties for on-the-run prisoners from Northern Ireland. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Lady Justice Hallett’s report can’t have made easy reading for First Minister Peter Robinson and all the other unionist politicians who insisted they (...)

First Minister Peter Robinson speaks to the media outside the Stormont Hotel in Belfast yesterday, following the publishing of the Hallett review into controversial amnesties for on-the-run prisoners from Northern Ireland. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

The British government’s scheme whereby about 200 people were told whether or not they were wanted for prosecution was chaotic and badly run, but it (...)

John Downey: In February, Peter Robinson threatened to resign as First Minister after the on-the-runs controversy came to light with his London trial. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

It was essential that non-prosecution commitments issued to more than 180 so-called republican on-the-runs cannot now be used to avoid potential futu(...)

Lady Justice Hallett found that the on-the-run  scheme used was ‘unprecedented and flawed’, but that it was not unlawful or improper. Photograph: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

The British Government’s decision to tell Republican on-the-runs that they were not wanted for prosecution was not “a get out of jail card”, a top Bri(...)

Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers announced the on-the-runs report will be published today. Photograph; Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Gerry MoriartyThe report into the on-the-runs controversy in Northern Ireland is to be published today. The inquiry into the British government scheme(...)

Senator David Norris: ‘I want to push for a visit through this public forum and let the people of Ireland know that the Government is sitting on the matter and doing nothing.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

Independent Senator David Norris has again said Pope Francis should be invited to visit Ireland. He said he had initially raised the issue in January(...)

Richard Haass: the caucus urged parties to re-enter discussions on his proposals on the contentious issues of parades, flags and the past

The Friends of Ireland caucus in the US Congress has expressed concern about fresh political divisions in the North, saying they risk undermining the(...)